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Label 5 Extra Rare 18 Years Old Tasting notes and reviews

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Label 5 Extra Rare 18 Years Old

Brand
Label 5
Expression
Extra Rare 18 Years Old
Type
Scotch Whisky ~ Blended
Age
18 years old
Abv
40.00%
Vintage
1997
Region
Various
Website
www.la-martiniquaise.fr
Availability
Worldwide

Chris Goodrum

79
Nose
Crisp, herbal grain aromas mingle with velvety American oak. Dusty barley and oak indicate older spirit may be at work. With time a touch of perfumed lime and gooseberry appears with toasty butter notes.
Palate
Plenty of toffeed oak, caramel and lactose notes. Oak dominates and dampens. A touch of crisp grain spirit breaks the stranglehold.
Finish
Good length with the cleansing grain and citrus coming through.
Comment
I had a sneaky feeling whilst nosing this that the oak would be too over-powering for the palate. I was correct in that assumption.

Joel Harrison

88
Nose
Well constructed. Rich and sweet, a bold and oily base to some spices, candied orange and old pine. May have older stocks to give it body and complexity.
Palate
A balance of strawberries and cream, gooseberries and earthy notes, but also a little weak. Would have been nice at a higher ABV.
Finish
Not as intense as it could be, with a little too much sweetness (think sweet mint tea).
Comment
Fantastic nose, but I hope economics have not got in the way of what could have been a rich and unctuous palate, let down by its strength.
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